1 Thessalonians 3
-Paul’s thanksgiving for the Thessalonians firm faith and love for his team is evident throughout this chapter of Scripture. He begins with the fact that afflictions were an inevitable destiny, but that even though his pain and wondering if they had persevered in their trust of the Lord through temptation of the tempter their labor was not in vain because of the good news Timothy brought about their faith and love (1 Thessalonians 3:1-6). Their obedience to faith in Christ comforted Paul in his distress and affliction and caused him to have great thanksgiving and joy for their sake (1 Thessalonians 3:7-9). It was the apostle’s prayer night and day that he would be directed back to them and be able to see them again face to face to further increase their faith where they might have been lacking (1 Thessalonians 3:10-11). It was his desire that they increase and abound in love for one another (the believing community) and for all (the whole community) so that their hearts would be established blameless in holiness before God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ at His coming (parousia) with all His saints (1 Thessalonians 3:12-13). *Application* It is satisfying any time we feel confidence in the people we have labored over in the Lord. We see the real key here is prayer before and after good training and instruction has been given. Paul, I believe, is not only praying for his return to them in presence, but also for their well being in faith and love. Lift up those you care so deeply about to the Lord that He will give you further ministry with them in their presence. Don’t let momentary afflictions drag you down and discourage you. Keep your eyes focused on the return of Christ with all His saints and rejoice!
Verse to Memorize- 1 Thessalonians 3:12